Chester, who was entering his 10th season, had started every game for Washington in the past four seasons. He struggled last season, but survived the first round of cost-saving cuts earlier this offseason. Chester took all of the first-team snaps in Tuesday’s first offseason practice session.
However, Washington now appears set to move forward with 2014 third-round pick Spencer Long at right guard. Long had worked with the second unit last season, taking only a handful of game snaps, and remained with the second unit on Tuesday.
The team also spent a fourth-round pick in this year’s draft on Alabama guard Arie Kouandjio.
Cutting Chester saves $4 million against this year’s salary cap. The Redskins still have to absorb the $800,000 guaranteed portion of his salary.
Porter had signed a two-year, $6 million deal with Washington last offseason. But he battled hamstring and shoulder injuries and wound up appearing in only three games.
Porter, who Coach Jay Gruden said had missed Tuesday’s practice because his flight on Monday evening got canceled, was deemed expendable because of the emergence of 2014 fourth-rounder Bashaud Breeland, and 2015 free-agent addition, Chris Culliver. Third-year pro David Amerson and 13th-year veteran DeAngelo Hall also remain in the mix.
Releasing Porter saves $2.2 million against the cap this season. Washington still is on the hook for a $1 million dead cap hit.
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